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We'll post the latest scams here.

These examples may help you learn what an Inland Revenue scam looks like.

Income tax assessment scams

4 June 2020

Details to remember about scams:

  • We'll email you from an @ird.govt.nz or @ironline.ird.govt.nz address
  • We'll never use x's in place of your actual IRD number in an email to you
  • We'll never put a refund amount in an email
  • We'll use the tax year from 1 April to 31 March in income tax assessments
A scam email showing an IRD number with x's in place of a real IRD number, a refund amount is showing when we do not show these in emails and the tax year is incorrectly not ending on 31 March

Income tax update scam

22 July 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • Not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • No personalised greeting
  • Includes a specific dollar amount of refund
  • Includes a bogus IRD number
  • The link points to a non-Inland Revenue address
  • Strangely worded – says it is an income tax update but then talks about GST returns and refunds

Return due scam

16 July 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • No personalised greeting
  • The link points to a non-Inland Revenue address
  • Includes a specific dollar amount of refund
  • Strangely worded – says it is a return reminder, but then mentions a refund amount and overpayment
  • Notes a weird tax period and dates

Overpayment IR3 scam

26 April 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • From a strange non-IR address
  • No personalised greeting
  • Strangely worded - refers to both income tax and GST returns
  • The link does not point to an Inland Revenue address

My business is here scam

3 April 2019

Details that show this is a scam:

  • From a strange non-IR email address
  • No personalised greeting
  • Strangely worded
  • Specific dollar amount or refund
  • The link points to non-Inland Revenue address